General Grant Guidance

CFWM Grantmaking Approach

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) is a regional foundation serving Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin counties. Our grantmaking funds are provided through the generosity of donors in the Pioneer Valley. Our community grantmaking approach is supported by a strong core of volunteers who, through our Distribution Committee, set policy and make funding decisions on applications to our various grant programs and initiatives. Our Distribution Committee is further augmented by a strong corps of trained volunteer grant reviewers who, in collaboration with staff, assist CFWM with expertise in the grantmaking process.

CFWM Proposal Guidance

All applicants submitting a proposal for funding to CFWM should review the information below. Your successful application will depend on an accurate and complete proposal.

  • General Funding Eligibility: Provides information on what activities are eligible for all CFWM grant programs.
    Note: Each grant program may have additional eligibility requirements. Please visit the program pages for more information.